Stem & Tunnel-nesting bees

About 30% of native bees, including mason bees, most leafcutter bees, and small carpenter bees make their nests in holes of dead trees or in hollow plant stems.  Some species will readily use artificial nest blocks made by people. Help their habitat Be a messy...

Ground-nesting bees

About 70% of native bees, including sweat bees, mining bees, long-horned bees and bumble bees nest in the ground. They are vulnerable to soil disturbance and tilling.  Most ground-nesting bees don’t fly very far from their nest sites.   Help their habitat...
Death Camas

Death Camas

Growing in the same meadow that was once a field of blue camas, the creamy white flowers of the very toxic death camas show themselves after the blue has disappeared. They often grow together this way, and the bulbs are virtually indistinguishable. A good reason to be...
Parasite!

Parasite!

Naked broomrape (Orobanche uniflora) – what a terrible name for a delightful spring flower.  Notice the single flowers (uniflora) on yellow leafless (naked) stems.  Naked broomrape has no need for leaves as it gets its nutrition from other plants and no longer...
Violets are amazing!

Violets are amazing!

Violets are truly wonders of spring. In BC, there are 20 native species with flowers ranging in colour from white to yellow to lavender to, well, violet. Most flower early in spring and their small stature lends us the phrase “shrinking violet”. Ground...